Brits Critics' Choice winner Jorja Smith heads to Edinburgh's Liquid Room
- Arusa Qureshi
- 31 January 2018
From bagging Brit awards to touring with Bruno Mars, Smith's bright future is just starting to open up
Over the past few years, there's been a steady emergence of new talent coming out of the British R&B scene, with the likes of Ray BLK and Mabel finding success in the mainstream arena. Walsall-born singer Jorja Smith has played a relatively significant role in this new wave of formidable female vocalists, emerging early in 2016 with her Dizzee Rascal-sampling debut 'Blue Lights', which was inspired by the prevalence of police oppression, brutality and black stereotyping. The 20-year-old singer has since proven herself to be a gifted and captivating force within the genre, despite having not yet released her debut album.
The past 12 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Smith, with guest appearances on Drake's More Life, a North American tour with Bruno Mars and, just recently, the announcement of her Brits 2018 Critics' Choice award win. Her 2017 Preditah-produced single 'On My Mind' shows that she has the versatility to move between soulful ballads and club-ready garage anthems with ease. But it's the combination of her sultry, jazz-infused vocals and her self-assured and thought-provoking lyrics that have resulted in people finally stopping to pay attention.
Her latest track 'Let Me Down', which features a guest verse from grime's golden boy Stormzy, is currently doing the rounds with its melancholy piano riff and soaring vocal melodies. To say that Smith has a strong future ahead of her would be an understatement, but as we await her highly anticipated debut, we can only begin to imagine where she'll be headed next.
The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Tue 6 Feb.